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Vega Fairbanks Style S Tubaphone Banjo-Mandolin (1920)

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SKU: 90U-208161

Regular price
$975.00 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$975.00 USD
Little but (very) loud, this vintage Vega Fairbanks banjo mandolin is 101 years old and made to be played. With some work, this banjo mandolin will have even more years of playing life. Tubaphone tone ring, top frosted head, multi-ply maple rim, 28 brackets with bracket band and notched tension hoop, 19-fret ebony flat fingerboard (needs new nut, glue loose binding, fret level, strings, setup, etc. - sold AS-IS) 

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The following specs were provided by our repair and appraisal teams. For a more detailed description please call (517) 372-7880
  • SN 37673
  • 1920
  • VG-EC (needs new nut, glue loose binding, fret level, strings, setup, etc. - sold AS-IS) 
  • Banjo mandolin 
  • Natural varnish finish 
  • 1-3/16” nut (newer nut needs replacing)
  • 10-1/8” top frosted head (“EVANS” written on front)
  • 1/2” multi-ply maple rim capped with black finish (worn) and tortoise plastic binding 
  • 28 brackets with bracket band
  • Notched tension hoop
  • Tubaphone tone ring
  • Stamped tailpiece cover
  • 3-piece flamed maple neck (newer satin finish on back of neck) 
  • Ivoroid-bound 19-fret ebony flat fingerboard (newer binding needs regluing)
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Geared tuners with ivoroid buttons (missing tuner backplate)
  • Pearwood heel cap and headstock overlay
  • Orginal headstock “cut-out” 
  • 14” scale
  • EADG tuning
  • Dowel stick hot-stamps: two “VEGA” stars, “TUBA-PHONE / 37673 / STYLE S / FAIRBANKS-BANJO made by THE VEGA COMPANY / BOSTON MASS / Pat. Pending”
  • OHSC (purple lining)
  • Made in Boston, USA